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Moving Forward: Time to TRAVEL!

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Over the years my 3 younger sisters and I (yep, I'm the oldest) have led lives and pursued interests and experiences that resulted in spreading ourselves about as far and wide as a family can drift in the USA: I'm in upstate New York (Binghamton). One sister lives in San Diego, CA; another in Anchorage, AK and the third lives near my parents in southwest Michigan where we grew up, after moving away from Chicago where I spent my early grade school years.

Next week all 4 of us are meeting up in Chicago to see the Van Gogh exhibit everyone is talking about! After a year of COVID lockdown, like everyone else who's been vaccinated, we're SO craving real people connection and eager to see each other!

I've been steady with my weight management throughout these virus-challenged times and even managed to break through my 210 lower number, scoring 209 this morning. Something I've only done a few times over the past ten years.

A lesson I've learned over the years has been to apply the Serenity Prayer during chaotic, challenging times. There is a whole UNIVERSE of stuff that is beyond our control during these times.

But you know what is ALWAYS under our control?

1) Our breath...slow, deep, mindful breaths filled with gratitude for the miracle of one's body and all that it can do.

2) Our body...revving up for walks, bike rides, gardening, lawn mowing, snow shoveling. We can always choose to move our body in a way that brings pleasure.

3) Our food...we always, ALWAYS have control over what we put into our body.

4) Our degree of heartfelt, meaningful connection to people who matter to us.

I find during times of chaos I feel SO much better when I maintain laser-like focus over these aspects of life that are always, always under our control. This can be our bedrock throughout our lives.

We've all learned so much from each other here among our SparkFamily. Take these important life lessons with you as we move forward to the future.

Thank you everyone for all the support we've exchanged over the years.
It's such a win-win, both giving and receiving such invaluable gifts!

Keep the SPARK!

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    56 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    what an awesome reunion for all.........enjoyyyyyyyyyyyy
    56 days ago
  • no profile photo NYLAURA1
    I'm glad I read this blog. Every time I see an add for the Van Gogh exhibit, I think about looking it up. Your blog reminded me to do that. (The other stuff was great too)
    Have a good reunion!
    56 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    Energizing, wonderful blog. Thank you!
    56 days ago
    Yes. Breathing .....

    The lessons learned will be carried forward ...

    Yes, indeed!

    It's been such a pleasure sharing this journey together.

    Enjoy yourselves as you gather in Chicago!!
    56 days ago
    Don, you're right. When I was a speaker, I would tell people to mostly reach for a balance between things: physical, mental, spiritual...balance in diet, with being with others and alone time, etc.

    I believe spending times in nature and with animals is very helpful, too.

    See you on FB.
    56 days ago
    Such a timely blog . . . thank you!!

    And for me, I'd add one more . . .although I cannot control my thoughts, and don't need to work at replacing my negative thoughts with positive thoughts, I can remind myself that I don't need to over think about my thoughts. That expansive relaxed feeling good in the present is always just one thought away.

    If my thoughts are stressed, I don't need to stress about my stress.
    If my thoughts are pressured, I don't need to pressure myself about my pressures.
    If my thoughts are discouraged, I don't need to discourage myself about my discouragement.
    If my thoughts are frightened, I don't need to frighten myself about my fear.

    56 days ago
    Breath !!!
    56 days ago
    Hahaha. Can you believe I actually NEEDED to read here, to remember to breathe? I took a nice big breath, and immediately felt better.

    Isn't the lizard part of our brain supposed to just do that for us automatically? I want my money back! My lizard brain is defective! Hahahahaha
    57 days ago
    Enjoy time with your sisters.
    57 days ago
    Have a great trip
    57 days ago
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